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If you’re being chased in a dream, does your body produce adrenaline?

If you’re dreaming that a fierce beast is chasing you, thus potentially triggering the fight or flight reaction, does your body produce adrenaline even if you’re asleep?<p><i>Angela Brassley, Ilsington, Newton Abbot, Devon</i><p>• Post your answers – and new questions – below or email them to …

Self-improvement

Junk food is tricking your brain: The depressing science behind your binging

<b>(AP)</b><p>Research reveals fats and sweets alter the brain’s satiety-control mechanism, sending our appetites into hyperdrive<p>Ferris Jabr<p>December 27, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Matthew Brien has struggled with overeating for the past 20 years. At age 24, …

Neuroscience

Gene editing treats disease in mice

<b>Researchers in the US have used gene editing to treat mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.</b><p>A team at Duke University used a system known as CRISPR-Cas9 to delete DNA that was preventing cells from producing a protein essential for muscle function.<p>And a virus was used to deliver DNA alterations …

Can You Spot a Liar?

Probably not. But here are some techniques grifters use, courtesy of Maria Konnikova and her new book about con artists.<p>In November, I came across a story that made absolutely no sense to me. A 33-year-old consultant named Niall Rice gave $718,000, little by little, to two Manhattan psychics who …

Swallowing this smart nano pill could stop us from making diet mistakes

It's not always talked about in polite company, but your body produces a lot of gases scientists know little about.<p>A new smart pill, designed at …

‘Genetic testing is a responsibility if you’re having children’

23andMe <b>offers a saliva test to create a DNA profile covering health, traits and ancestry. Have you taken the test yourself?</b><p>My family and I were some of the first people to be genotyped. It revealed I was a carrier for Bloom’s syndrome and my husband [Google co-founder Sergey Brin, from whom she is …

Molecular Biology

Consciousness Is Not Mysterious

It’s just the brain describing itself—to itself.<p>When Isaac Newton was 17 years old, he performed a series of experiments with prisms and light beams. Within weeks he discovered the scientific explanation for color, invented the reflecting telescope, proposed the particle theory of light, and …

Thousands of older people exploring 'rational suicide': Nitschke

Professor Ian Hickie​, a psychiatrist and mental health campaigner, said he thought it was tragic that people wanted to "check out" of life because …

Mental Health